Brideshead Revisited Reviews

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October 3, 2008
It's a dutiful, good-looking slice of heritage cinema so empty that you expect Keira Knightley to show up at any minute.
October 3, 2008
Kingsley Amis once said his difficulty with Brideshead Revisted was not that these people were behaving badly, but boringly. On the page, that isn't true, but here on the big screen, it turns out to be an insuperable problem.
October 3, 2008
The repressed victims are beautifully framed by Jarrold. The acting is faultless. But there is no reason why we should be revisiting Brideshead. The melodrama is so damp and overwrought it's hard to care about these old ghosts.
October 3, 2008
Okay for those who dote on 'classics illustrated' in the Merchant Ivory line, but not as fluid as all that.
August 24, 2008
I cannot think of another screen adaptation that treats its source with similar indifference, almost contempt.
August 23, 2008
This is a beautiful production that doesn't succeed due to a major casting blunder and how the story switches focus in the final act.
August 7, 2008
This new movie is measured and tasteful, clearly a labor of serious intent, and hints at breadth of story and depth of character. But it only hints; the movie itself, sad to say, is rather dreary.
August 1, 2008
Boiled down to a manageable 2 1/4 hours, the story becomes uneven and the thematic development lopsided.
August 1, 2008
Jeremy Brock's screenplay hits the high spots, but leaves many characters - particularly the status-striving Charles - sketchy and incomplete.
August 1, 2008
What's missing from Goode's performance and from the film as whole is the layer upon layer of accumulated motive -- the gradual evolution of a man's complex desires and even-more-complicated fears.
August 1, 2008
When the increasingly anguished and dipsomaniacal Sebastian exits the story, he takes much of our interest with him.
August 1, 2008
Jarrold's reduction of the story is so archetypal that it's indistinguishable from soap opera.
August 1, 2008
...more fun than expected, and in its own middlebrow way, peculiarly true to Waugh's own vision.
July 31, 2008
[A] slowly paced, uninvolving 'revisitation' of Waugh's novel.
July 28, 2008
It's been fussed over until there's not an inch of life left in the thing, just the glassy pleasures of an instant museum piece.
July 25, 2008
If it's a choice between the movie's 135 minutes or the 659 minutes of the miniseries, I'd say it's no choice at all. The shorter version is the one that seems long.
July 25, 2008
A very noble movie, which makes it interesting at times, but not often enough.
July 25, 2008
[Feels] like a lot of other costume dramas. The phrase Brideshead Regurgitated creeps into mind.
July 25, 2008
Gauzy and unfocused. It suffers from too many rooms and not enough view.
July 25, 2008
[Director] Jarrold seems too often to consciously be making an in-quotation-marks classy picture, much like last year's Atonement, in which the costumes and setting are just so, but the human drama gets lost amid the pictorial pleasantries.
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